Ethnography of Fiddle
This Wikiversity Seminar is based upon the Wikibook of the same name compiled by Geof Bard and written in conjunction with Wikipedia editors.
Great news! Ethnography of Fiddle at Wikiversity explicitly invites original research using videographic documentation, audio recordings and live investigations to deepen and broaden knowledge of this remarkable musical instrument which has entranced cultures throughout the world. We take a perspective informed by the praxis of ethnography and ethnomusicology but also informed by participant-observer status as musicians, dancers and listeners who ourselves thrive on the wonderful tapestry of world music.
In "A Warning to Fiddlers", a chapter of A Pattern of Islands, Gimble associated fiddle with the world wide leveling of European colonial imperialism. But various indigenous peoples, such as the Meti of Canada, have adopted the violin and integrated it into folk culture. Thus, the ethnomusicologist encounters a fierce identity with the instrument not unlike that of the Celts, who have deeply intertwined their music, dance and celebratory culture with an instrument most highly developed by luthiers (instrument makers) in Cremona, Italy. This class establishes an ethnographic foundation and then reviews the literature on this intriguing instrument and its role amongst various peoples around the globe.
Ethnography, Ethnomusicology and Ethnochoreology
North American Fiddle Traditions: Wikibooks
- [Cajun Fiddle]
- [Fiddle Tradition]
- [Old Time Fiddle]
African Fiddle Traditions
European Fiddle Traditions
- Preliminary notes for a study of Celtic fiddle
- Celtic Muñeira of Castillian Galicia
- [Donegal Fiddle]
- [Scottish Fiddle]
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Acknowledgements and information for contributors
You are invited to help edit this Wikiversity class. The primary instructor of this class is Geof Bard (pictured). Without the tireless assistance of the Wikiverity administrators and other contributors this class would not have been possible. Wikiversity an independent project of the Wiki Media Foundation. Other editors and writers are credited at the View history links or in some cases the mainspace or discussion pages. Special thanks also to the University of California and the many musicians and ethnographers who keep the art of fiddle playing alive and well through thick and thin.